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1 Entrepreneurial Learning in Europe
Marko Curavić Head of Unit Entrepreneurship DG Enterprise and Industry

2 Education for Entrepreneurship
EU 2020 strategy: Europe 2020 aims at opening opportunities for business, to create growth and jobs. Small Business Act: Create an environment in which entrepreneurs & family businesses can thrive & entrepreneurship is rewarded Forthcoming “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” Education for Entrepreneurship

3 supports everyone in day-to-day life at home and in society,
Entrepreneurship refers to an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action. It includes creativity, innovation and risk taking, as well as the ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives. This supports everyone in day-to-day life at home and in society, makes employees more aware of the context of their work and better able to seize opportunities, and provides a foundation for entrepreneurs establishing a social or commercial activity (2006 Commission Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning)

4 Impact of Entrepreneurship programmes in Higher Education (1)
New study from the Commission (March 2012): Survey on alumni of 9 Higher Education Institutions and of a network of student entrepreneurs (JADE) Entrepreneurship education group vs control group (more than questionnaires filled) Entrepreneurship education makes a difference !

5 Impact ....(2) Alumni who went through entrepreneurial programmes display more entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions, get a job more easily, can innovate more and start more companies. Employability, young people who followed an entrepreneurship course at university find their first job more easily: 78% started their first period of employment directly after graduation, against 59 % of a control group.

6 Impact ....(3) Business creation, alumni who went through entrepreneurial programmes become self-employed earlier, start more businesses, and their enterprises are perceived as more innovative, with higher expectations of employment and turnover growth. Entrepreneurship alumni started their first enterprise on average before graduation (0.7 years), while control group alumni started on average after graduation (2.8 years).

7 Elements of a national strategy:
Cross-ministry and stakeholder cooperation Embed core competences into the national curriculum Train and support teachers Develop a logic chain of learning outcomes and indicators Design a coherent progression from primary to higher education

8 Current situation: school education
Eight countries launched specific strategies to promote entrepreneurship education: Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Wales and the Flemish part of Belgium. ... but others include it as part of their national lifelong learning, youth or growth strategies. Half of European countries are engaged in a process of educational reforms which include the strengthening of entrepreneurship education.

9 High importance of involving teachers
Shift from 'how to run a business' to how to develop a general set of competences applicable in all walks of life Key elements: - Offer teachers initial and in-service training - Establish support systems and networks Role of the EU: Catalyst: exchange and dissemination of good practice, peer-to-peer learning, producing guidelines Support: co-funding of key European projects aiming to train teachers in entrepreneurship

10 SPACE in Kavala by Martin Lauth
Entrepreneurial approach: Training “in”, learning Also personal competences Flexible, adaptable Training material, cases Student oriented Group process, interaction “Clash room”, diversity More coaching role for teacher Project, interdisciplinary Close to real life and business Action oriented Traditional approach: Education “about” Knowledge in disciplines Fixed study plan Textbooks Teacher oriented Class, individual activity Classroom, homogeneous Lecturing Subjects, disciplines Close to research, academia Study, theory oriented Martin Lauth, 2010 October 2010 SPACE in Kavala by Martin Lauth 10 10

11 Ongoing activities Exchange of experience and good practice, networking: - 2 European workshops (“Laboratories”) on teacher education (May and September 2012) - Good Practice Manual on teacher education in entrepreneurship (December 2012) Support: call for proposals for European projects, focus on: - Train primary, secondary and higher education teachers - Create a European online platform for educators - Assess entrepreneurial skills acquired by students


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